Vacation Scheme Student Review

by Simmons & Simmons LLP


  • Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • During the scheme, I spent time working in two different departments, conducting a range of tasks to meet business needs. This included contract and term sheet drafting, research tasks, and case chronologies. Students on the scheme were also invited to attend various presentations, from trainee Q&As, D&I talks and pro bono sessions to emerging technology discussions (to make a few).


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • The scheme was formidable in allowing me to develop multiple new skills. Specifically, I was afforded insight into contract drafting, along with taught how to create a case chronology, and case bundle. Furthermore, the scheme was a great opportunity to develop existing skills such as organisation, communication, teamwork and attention to detail. For example, students were set a case study exercise, involving a presentation, alongside their work commitments.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around personal or professional skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how the knowledge learned has helped you with regards to your career development
  • 5/5

    Business Insight

  • 3. What was it like understanding all about the business and potential roles available?
  • The scheme was set up to include multiple presentations which allowed students to receive a real insight into the inner workings of the firm and their strategic areas of legal advice. This was both insightful and interesting, as presentations were conducted in an engaging style, drawing on attendees to enhance understanding.

  • Please rate how insightful you found the insight
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the structure of the insight
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate business leader involvement during the insight
  • 5/5


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The company culture was hard-working, but incredibly friendly and fun. Everyone I met was fully engaged and interested in any questions I had, which made for a comfortable and enjoyable experience. This is aligned with the supportive culture of the firm, which was obvious when working in the office.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how valued you felt during your insight?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • I throughly enjoyed the insight. I thought it was a great mix of both information and actual legal work, allowing you to develop important skills whilst also learning about the firm. Furthermore, the people I was able to work for on the scheme really enhanced my experience, as they involved me in a real range of tasks, and were genuinely caring and supportive.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on the insight
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Simmons & Simmons LLP to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • It's always good to attend an event hosted by the firm, this way you can meet people and gain a real insight into how the firm operates which will help you to put forward a well-informed application.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)


South West

June 2023

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